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Duran defends advisory question decision on KUNM

Duran defends advisory question decision on KUNM

The KUNM Call In show looking at efforts to decriminalize marijuana had a special guest call in — Secretary of State Dianna Duran. On Wednesday, Duran issued a decision saying Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties could not put advisory questions on the ballot. This differed from the opinion of the office of the Attorney General, who said such opinions were allowed. The advisory votes included marijuana decriminalization votes added to the ballot by the county commissions in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Audio, Elections, Featured, Santa Fe

SOS says Bernalillo, Santa Fe counties can’t put advisory votes on ballot

SOS says Bernalillo, Santa Fe counties can’t put advisory votes on ballot

The Secretary of State ruled on Wednesday that Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties cannot put advisory questions about decriminalizing marijuana on November’s ballot. Duran rejected the ballot provisions as unconstitutional, saying there is no place for non-binding, advisory votes on the ballot. “As Secretary of State, if I were to place such extra-legal issues on the ballot then I would be taking an active role in accepting this kind of use of the ballot as lawful and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, Local

Group turns in signatures for ABQ marijuana possession penalty reduction

Group turns in signatures for ABQ marijuana possession penalty reduction

The group seeking to reduce the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana turned in over 16,000 signatures to send the legislation to voters. The group needs 11,203 valid signatures to get the question on the ballot. The goal is to put the question on the November ballot along with the regular election questions. Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico told NM Telegram that he is “cautiously optimistic” that there will be enough signatures to get … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Courts, Featured

Groups still collecting signatures for Santa Fe marijuana penalty reduction

Groups still collecting signatures for Santa Fe marijuana penalty reduction

While headlines have said that the effort to put a question of reducing penalties for possession of marijuana in Santa Fe to the voters, the efforts haven’t failed yet. The Santa Fe clerk’s office validated more than 3,500 of 7,000 signatures turned in by Reducing Marijuana Penalties in an effort to put the question on the November ballot. The effort requires 5,673 signatures for the question to go to voters. With 3,569 valid signatures, the group is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health, Santa Fe

Same-sex couples marry on Civic Plaza

Same-sex couples marry on Civic Plaza

On the first day that marriage licenses became available to same-sex couples, a dozen couples married in a service at Civic Plaza in Albuquerque. Hundreds of friends, family and same-sex marriage supporters attended to express their support for the couples. One of the newlywed couples was Wendy Foxworth and Paula Getz. The two had been together for ten years and decided immediately that they would be married on Civic Plaza. “We were either going to Santa Fe or … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, LGBT

Davis resigns from Albuquerque Crime Stoppers

Davis resigns from Albuquerque Crime Stoppers

Former police officer and political activist Pat Davis resigned from his spot as the chairman of the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers this weekend, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Davis was arrested for aggravated DWI this weekend. Davis has been a foe of conservatives for his work as executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico. Once news of Davis’ arrest came out, the Republican Party of New Mexico and Republican Party of Bernalillo County called for Davis to resign from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured

Martinez faces criticism over domestic partner benefits, tobacco permanent fund vetoes

Martinez faces criticism over domestic partner benefits, tobacco permanent fund vetoes

Gov. Susana Martinez’s final legislative actions open herself to criticism from frequent critics in the gay rights area — but also from the New Mexico chapter of the American Cancer Society. The veto that drew the ire of the American Cancer Society was a line-item veto related to the tobacco permanent fund. Martinez line-item vetoed a provision to transfer $50 million to the Tobacco Settlement Permanent Fund — an amount of money that New Mexico gets from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget, Economy, Education, Featured, Governor, LGBT, Roundhouse

Gov vetoes prevailing wage whistleblower protection bill

Gov vetoes prevailing wage whistleblower protection bill

A bill that sought to protect the identities of those who blew the whistle on employers who did not pay the public works minimum wage was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday. Note: See correction below. In the the message to the Senate (pdf), Martinez said the bill was unnecessary and counterproductive. “The bill’s overly broad mandate to protect the identity of prevailing wage complainants ignores the realities of prevailing wage investigation and prosecution,” Martinez said in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Featured, Governor, Roundhouse

Voter purge on pause, says ProgressNow NM

Voter purge on pause, says ProgressNow NM

ProgressNow New Mexico says a proposed voter purge by Secretary of State Dianna Duran is on pause after outcry over the legality of such a move. “This latest indication that Secretary Duran will – instead of bringing court actions – comply with the NVRA requirements is great news for New Mexico voters,” ProgressNow New Mexico executive director Pat Davis said in a statement. “Our voter rolls certainly need to be updated and there are already rules … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured

Bill criminalizes abortions in case of rape (updated)

Bill criminalizes abortions in case of rape (updated)

A bill introduced by a Republican state Representative would make it a third-degree felony for a woman who was impregnated as the result of a rape or incest to have an abortion. Update (11:20 am): Rep. Brown announced that she will put in a substitute bill. See her comments at the bottom of the post. House Bill 206, brought by Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, is sure to be one of the most controversial bills of the session. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health, New Mexico House